Living and working in Japan is without a doubt stressful and at the end of the day all we want to do is to immerse our bodies in a nice warm bath before going to bed. The winter holidays are getting closer and I’m sure a lot of us would like to have a break from the hustle and bustle of the busy work life.
And what’s a greater way to relax and take a break than visiting a hot spring! Luckily, Japan is full of hot spring accommodations and one of the best places to go for one is Atami. Travelers are also very welcome to check out Atami on your visit to Japan!
Famous for being one of the hot spring towns in Japan alongside Hakone and Beppu is Atami. The city is located in the eastern part of Shizuoka and it only takes around 50 minutes from Tokyo by the Shinkasen or 2 hours by the Tokaido Line.
Housing a number of Spas and Resorts, Atami is a place for relaxation for those who want to relieve themselves during the winter break. One amazing hot spring to visit is the Marine Spa Atami which is a popular onsen that features a water slide and a beautiful view of the ocean. Aside from the hot springs, Atami also holds a variety of worthy sights to see.
The Museum of Art contains collections of art ranging from paintings and sculptures to artifacts from China and Japan. The Museum of Art also has major exhibits which include the national treasures like the Red and White Ume Blossoms. The Museum also has a beautiful Japanese garden to take some time and relax in.
Fireworks may seem to be more representative of summers in Japan, but the Atami Waterfront Fireworks Festival runs every season. This winter, the fireworks festival will be held on the 6th, 13th and 23rd of December. If by any chance you’re in Atami on these dates, be sure to catch the Niagara finale of the festival.
There are many other places to visit in Atami like the Atami Castle, Kinomiya Shrine and Kiunkaku so make sure to have a lot of time if you decide to go there!
A nostalgic remote island of Hatsushima, Atami